While travelling Iceland by himself, New Zealand cinematographer Hamish Pattison felt so overwhelmed by the vastness of Icelandic nature and the disconnect from usual city life that he began to explore the empty landscapes and eerie, abandoned farmhouses he came across.
Wondering about the stories these forgotten farmhouses had, and the people that used to live there, he decided to make this beautiful short film, titled ‘Abandoned Iceland’.
While shooting one rusty and old homestead, he made friends with a horse from a nearby farm who came over to say hi and see what Pattison was filming.
His short film received a silver award at the New Zealand Cinematography Awards in the category of lifestyle, magazine/reality.
While travelling around Iceland you’ll come across a lot of abandoned farmhouses like the ones featured in this video. If you decide to pull over your car and have a look at one, then please remember to be respectful. These used to be someone’s home and serve a great emotional and historical value to many locals.